Examples of trite in a Sentence
- The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. —Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000
- Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … —Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990
- Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … —Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983
That argument has become trite.
by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired
Recent Examples of trite from the Web
The book is messy as hell: full of insipid platitudes, trite homilies, and self-regarding detours delivered with the assurance of a man who fully expects to see his childhood finger paintings in a museum someday.
Conflating macro and micro is an age-old theme easy to make into a trite hash, but Weingrod pulls it off thanks to his inventive, intensive process.
And while trite may be preferable to embarrassing anecdotes from the bride and groom’s childhood, that’s an awfully low bar.
Perry quickly midwifed—as creator, writer, and director—the soapy The Haves and Have Nots and trite platitudinal working-class comedies like Love Thy Neighbor.
Straightforward bleakness in television is increasingly trite, which makes Reverie’s apparent optimism fresh and timely.
Her latest post finds the artist taking on what should, by now, be a trite format: the selfie.
Aristide’s struggle with his erotic side is trite and undeveloped.
To say the Temptations are the soundtrack to a generation is both trite and also not totally accurate — try multiple generations.
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boring, colorless, drab, dreary, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, humdrum, leaden, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, prosaic, stodgy, stuffy, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, vapid, wearisome, weary, wearying;
Synonym Discussion of trite
- "you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression
- all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed
- views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date
- a mystery novel with a threadbare plot
TRITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trite for English Language Learners
: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original
TRITE Defined for Kids
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